Mar 26th 2021

Virtual Artist Lecture: Ashley Jude Jonas

@ University Galleries of Illinois State University


Opening Friday, March 26th, at 5PM

On view through Sunday, May 16th

Join us on Friday, March 26 for a lecture by artist, educator, and independent curator Ashley Jude Jonas. This program will begin at 5:00 p.m. CST via Zoom. Further information will be shared upon registration.


This free artist lecture is presented by University Galleries of Illinois State University, and organized in conjunction with Ashley Jude Jonas: Not Knowing. The lecture will begin with an introduction by exhibition curator Jessica Bingham, Curator at University Galleries, with a Q&A session to follow Jonas’s presentation.

Not Knowing features recent work by artist, educator, and independent curator Ashley Jude Jonas. Comprised of installation, assemblage, photographs, drawings, and found objects, this exhibition is the most comprehensive for the artist to date. Jonas’s multidisciplinary practice is informed by close looking and domestic spaces, particularly her own experiences in her unconventional childhood home in Key West, Florida, a place filled with odds and ends and eccentric homemaking solutions like decorative rugs covering the yard and holes drilled into the floor to sweep away the dust. In this lecture, Jonas will share about her artistic practice as it relates to the value of wonder in the everyday.

Ashley Jude Jonas’s work has been exhibited at Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; Undercurrent, Brooklyn; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; and The Neon Heater, Findlay, Ohio; among others. From 2014 to 2020, Jonas co-directed and curated at The Blue House, an alternative artist-run space operated within her home. The artist has an M.F.A. from University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.F.A. from University of Florida. She lives in Dayton, Ohio, where she teaches at the University of Dayton.

The exhibition and program are sponsored in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Alice and Fannie Fell Trust, and Faculty Studio Research Funds, CAS: Department of Art and Design, University of Dayton.

Image: Ashley Jude Jonas, Death Drawing II, I, III, 2016–2020. Installation with painted wall and found objects. Courtesy of the artist.

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